Dogs have caught the attention of animal rights activists in South Australian after they were left in a dog leash in a Sydney suburb.
The South Australian Government has taken the extraordinary step of putting up a chain in the wake of a complaint about the chain being left in front of a house in Prahran.
“It’s the first time we’ve seen a dog walk away from a dog harness, that’s what’s been disturbing,” said Sue Meehan, a South Australian activist who has campaigned against the use of dog chains.
“I don’t know how many people have been in their houses, and they’ve been in this dog chain for two hours or something like that.”
Dog chains, which can be bought online, are common in Australia and other countries around the world.
A dog can walk away and retrieve a dog collar when the leash is removed, although many dogs have been left on the leash for hours.
“People have been leaving dog chains on the door, they’ve done it on their front lawn, on their car bonnet, or in their backyard,” Ms Meehtan said.
“There’s a whole range of different circumstances that a dog might be walking away from.”
She said the animal rights organisation, Dog Free Australia, had also been in touch with the residents of the house in question.
“They have no choice but to go and get the dog collar and the leash and bring them back,” she said.
A Dog Free Australian spokeswoman said the organisation had not received a complaint from the owners of the property.
“Dog free Australia does not endorse dog chains or their use,” the spokeswoman said.
“This is just one example of the many ways we can use dogs in a responsible way.”
Dog owners are entitled to their dogs’ welfare, but she said that the owners would have a duty to make sure they left their dogs on the dog chain when it was left on their property.
She said dogs had no right to be left unattended when they had been left there.
“A dog’s not just a piece of meat.
A dog’s a human being and we need to make that clear to them,” Ms Mullen said.